Dr Crokes 3-14 UCC 2-10, Fitzgerald Stadium
Dr Crokes won their fourth AIB Munster Club SFC title with what ended up a comfortable 3-14 to 2-10 victory over U.C.C in an exciting game at Fitzgerald Stadium.
The students and manager Pat O Keefe can be proud of a valiant effort but in the end Crokes experience and talent saw them through.
UCC will rue that it was one of their own that destroyed them. Daithi Casey, who starred for the students during their Cork Championship and Sigerson Cup-winning campaigns fired 2-3 against his old teammates and was the decisive difference between the two teams.
The College men had started brightly, midfielder Jamie O’Sullivan and Paul Geaney firing them ahead with early points.
Stephen O’Brien than put them five points clear after 20 minutes his well taken goal making the score 1-4 to 0-2.
However Crokes showed their experience and class with a two goal blitz that turned the game on its head.
First Kieran O Leary found the net before Casey added his first just two minutes later to put UCC right back on their heels.
Andrew Kenneally than added a point as the game threatened to get away from the Cork side.
However the young men showed their heart and responded with Brian Coughlan knocking over a pair of points before Casey finished the half off with a point leaving it 2-4 to 1-6 at the interval.
Having been quiet in the first half Colm ‘Gooch’ Cooper came to life early in the second firing three straight points to put Crokes in command.
Niall Daly tried to respond for UCC but O Leary immediately restored the four point advantage.
UCC captain Sean Kiely and Geaney both hit points to give the men from Cork a chance but before schoolmate Casey notched his second goal of the day to remove any doubt from the contest.
Crokes were the better side on the day but Gavin O’Grady’s late goal ensured that the result wasn’t harsh on the Cork side who gave a fine account of themselves.
The win means that Crokes will now advance to the All-Ireland semi-final where they will face defending champions Crossmaglen.